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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Bill Frisell Transcends Space, Comes Down to Earth at Yoshi's

Live Review: Bill Frisell Transcends Space, Comes Down to Earth at Yoshi's

Bill Frisell Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 Yoshi's Bill Frisell is a transcendent guitarist. I don't mean just that he erases lines between genres, or that his unparalleled technical facility matched with his tendency to loop himself live seems to…
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Music, Jazz With a Laugh: The Silliness Ahead in this Fall's SFJAZZ Season

Jazz With a Laugh: The Silliness Ahead in this Fall's SFJAZZ Season

Most jazz venues probably wouldn't let skateboarders ride a mini-ramp in front of the stage during a show. But when pianist Jason Moran wanted to do it during his residency at the new SFJAZZ center, organizers said yes — allowing…
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Music, Hear This Bill Frisell: Show Preview

Bill Frisell: Show Preview

It's one of the most famous magazine stories ever published, and one of the most hilarious and penetrating pieces of gonzo journalism — and now, Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved is coming to life off…
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Calendar, Night&Day Whiskey Gentry

Whiskey Gentry

While we don’t typically recommend a rainbowed handful of uppers, downers, laughers, and screamers, you might want to consider it for Bill Frisell’s musical adaptation of Hunter Thompson’s infamous story, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the article which…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 4/21/2012: Bill Frisell and the Enduring American Spirit

Live Review, 4/21/2012: Bill Frisell and the Enduring American Spirit

Bill Frisell & Bill Morrison's The Great Flood Saturday, April 21 Herbst Theatre One of the most gratifying developments in all American music has been innovative jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's exploration of this country's folk, country, and early blues…
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Music, All Shook Down Sunday: Bill Frisell's Musical Spaceship Lands at Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Sunday: Bill Frisell's Musical Spaceship Lands at Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Bill Frisell July 31, 2011 @Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University Better than:Picnicking in a lush meadow on Mars. Bill Frisell stood timidly in front of the microphone, telling the crowd how his band tonight, the 858 Quartet, hadn't played together since…
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Music, Hear This Still Charming

Still Charming

Jenny Scheinman's latest release is a self-titled album of captivating blues, roots, and haunting folk songs. This seeming shift in direction may surprise fans of the violinist and vocalist's other work. She was an early member of Charming Hostess, one…
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Music, Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

There's no shortage of rock musicians trundling right past retirement age without hanging it up. They're often content to satisfy fans with rote deliveries of greatest hits that have more to do with muscle memory than with inspiration. Conversely, jazz…
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Music, Hear This The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

The Turks embrace Amphetamine Reptile's abrasive edge

One of the most eclectic guitarists to emerge in the last three decades, Bill Frisell has traversed a vast terrain of music during his remarkable career. From his early days as go-to session recruit for atmospheric jazz label ECM, through…
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Music, Reviewed The Mitch Marcus Quintet

The Mitch Marcus Quintet

You could tattoo the entire population of Black Rock City with the amount of ink that's been spilled bloviating on the Music Business 2.0: Internet decentralizes distribution, so major record labels see sales fall and consolidate accordingly. But most of…
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Music, Hear This Under Byen's Icelandic envy

Under Byen's Icelandic envy

Thanks in part to the benevolent gaze of previous tourmates My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog 's status as Philadelphia's lo-fi-loving motley crew has been rising steadily in recent years. Last month's well-received release of We All Belong just might extract…
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Music, Hear This Vinyl's grooves and Alexis Gideon's nerd-hop

Vinyl's grooves and Alexis Gideon's nerd-hop

While the Bay Area incubates much distinctive musical talent, it tends to lose a portion of the gifted to New York City. Take guitarist Jim Campilongo — mid-'90s, he was in local clubs with Mental Revenge, A-1 specialists in classic…
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Music, Hear This Sufjan Stevens and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble sing for the states

Sufjan Stevens and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble sing for the states

Aside from Elvis Costello, there are few performers as all-inclusive as Bill Frisell. A jazz musician and electric guitarist, at 55 Frisell has earnestly embraced a greater array of musical contexts than most artists would in two lifetimes. He's engaged…
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Music, Reviewed Jenny Scheinman

Jenny Scheinman

It's debatable how much veteran jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has influenced Brooklyn-based violinist Jenny Scheinman via their collaborations of the past few years. But there is one certainty: If you like Frisell's soporific, luminously melodic sound, then you'll love Scheinman's…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

There's some whack shit going down in Newport, and it's got nothing to do with Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper on The O.C. The Newport I'm talking about is in Wales, and the troublemakers stirring up the drama are Chon…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

In this time of great political peril, the music industry is simply not doing its part. Consider the slew of politically minded documentaries that were released last year, and now try to find their corollaries in the music world. There…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Given that jazz is widely acknowledged as the international language of music, it makes sense that two of the genre's top guitarists -- Bill Frisell (pictured) and Marc Ribot -- have found themselves at home in front of the globe-trotting…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

For a chamber group with instrumentation that leans to the quiet side -- acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo, accordion, piano, field organ, violin, viola -- Tin Hat Trio packs an inordinate amount of musical muscle. Mark Orton, Rob Burger, and Carla…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

It's strange that one of the giants of modern jazz guitar doesn't play much jazz anymore. But then neither do his popular contemporaries. While Pat Metheny has devolved into an unlistenable, soft-stringed balladeer, and John Scofield, having survived a midlife…
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Beyond and Back

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a popular chamber group combination was guitar, accordion, and violin. In contemporary Argentina and northeastern Brazil, the same group of instruments is the norm for tango and other intimate dance-music forms. In some Italian and Balkan…
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